James Fuentes Gallery Goes ‘Bust’ with New John Ahearn Sculptures on Delancey Street
James Fuentes is busted.
The dark faux-brick exterior of his eponymous gallery on Delancey Street now sports some interesting 3D definition. Sculptures by the hand of artist John Ahearn.
In anticipation of Ahearn’s appearance in the upcoming group show at 55 Delancey, a unique series of seven different busts (aka “life casts”) presently protrudes from the facade. Dubbed “Delancey Street,” we’re told the eye-grabbing piece is meant as an homage to the neighborhood.
“They are all life casts of friends,” Ahearn told us in an email. “Most of the casts were made nearby in the last few years.”
The collective exhibit opens Wednesday evening.
Ahearn, whose identical twin brother is Charlie (of Wild Style fame), came up in the ’70s art scene. He joined fellow likeminded artists early on – like Tom Otterness and Jenny Holzer – and sought to “find alternatives to the gallery scene and make art more accessible to the public.”